Originally Posted by āvetechnation
I wonder if any engineers out there have synesthesia..
I would buy a plane ticket right now just to hang out with a synesthetic engineer!
I'm in florida, we have a spare room
I have a type of number form synesthesia where I strongly link numbers and sounds. I've always been able to do complicated math since I was a child (I went through all my college math courses, aced, without touching a calculator). I get the sensation of hearing the sounds when I do math.
When I used to take standardized tests I would frequently be chastised for humming loudly while I worked. It never connected to me that what I was doing was abnormal until I started spending more time around other people in a scholastic environment that I began to investigate, and eventually seek a doctor.
I'm told that despite synesthesia being fairly rare, it's apparently quite common for people high on the autistic spectrum, which I am.
For what it's worth, it doesn't work very strongly in the opposite direction. When I listen to music I don't think of numbers with exception. Music simply doesn't contain the sound sensation that I hear when I'm doing math. Noise can be VERY difficult for me to deal with though. I can not concentrate, sleep, eat, or just in general live with most noise, so I frequently wear headphones or have music on (or am working on/with music). Things like the sound of a running refrigerator is quite similar to the sensation I experience.